United Way collects more this year

Contributions to Pikes Peak United Way increased slightly in the fiscal year that ended June 30, said President and CEO Jason Wood. Last year, the nonprofit collected around $5.5 million, he said. This year there is an additional $200,000 in the contribution baskets. “We saw a better level of giving, from corporations to individuals,” Wood […]

Dems, Repubs put differences aside during fire fundraiser

In an election year, Democrats and Republicans seldom get together on a single issue. But this year in Colorado Springs, that’s not the case. Both parties are getting together for a fundraiser for Pikes Peak United Way’s Waldo Canyon Fire Victim Assistance Fund. The event is 5:30 to 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Penrose House […]

United Way’s ‘Success by 6’ seeks to boost literacy

Nearly 17,400 Colorado high school students failed to graduate in 2009 — something that will cost them $4.5 billion in personal income over their lifetimes. The Pikes Peak United Way is trying to strengthen those statistics with a new program it hopes will increase graduation rates among students who are now entering kindergarten. “About one-quarter […]

Outreach program nets more than 200 jobs for homeless

Back in 2010, Leif was one of the more than 600 people camping on the banks of Monument Creek. The military veteran had no job and no place to live. He did, however, own a moped. In an effort to keep it from being stolen, he fought for his possession and lost an eye in […]

United Way: Giving lower in Springs

El Paso and Teller county residents give at a lower rate to the local United Way than many other Coloradans do to their chapters of the charity. Per-capita giving in Colorado to United Way is $13.06, but the Pikes Peak United Way receives just $9.25 per-capita. Residents of the Denver and Fort Collins areas give […]

United Way lights the path to volunteerism in Springs

The Pikes Peak United Way maintains a Web site listing more than 130 local nonprofit organizations that might need volunteers. Created by United Way and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence in 2006, the database provides residents with the ability to match their skills to a nonprofit. During 2009, the site had 36,737 unique visits, resulting […]

Flash Mob unveils United Way slogan

About 30 people unveiled the new slogan for Pikes Peak United Way using a “guerilla marketing” technique: a flash mob. The motto – Live United – was unveiled by volunteers who donned T-shirts printed with the logo during the the Jim Adam Blues Band performance last night, “Gettin’ Down Downtown” concert series in Amreica the Beautiful […]